Buffett Bulletin

August 26, 2020

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If you do not want to wait too long, consider arriving at Buffett at a time different than the immediate start. We found that the longest waits occurred in the first hour because most families arrived at the same time.

Directions:

  • One parent per student only. Minimizing numbers is safer.
  • All students must be with the parent/guardian to pick up the device.
  • Stay on paw prints and observe social distancing.
  • All iPads issued at front door. Students will login, confirm iPad apps.
  • All visitors must wear a face covering that covers both nose and mouth.
  • Students must bring Microsoft Stream laptop with charger back to exchange for an iPad (Must also return mobile hotspot one was loaned out.)
  • If students were NOT issued a Microsoft Stream laptop and are currently using their own device, we will be able to confirm that via paperwork at Buffett.

New Faces of Bobcat Nation!

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Mrs. Schukei is Buffett's new Assistant Principal. She will work with the 6th grade teams this year. Mrs. Schukei comes to us from Monroe Middle School. Her favorite part about working in OPS is the diversity of the student population. Welcome to Buffett, Mrs. Schukei!

First Time Event!

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Email Mrs. Jennifer Mallett-Smith to schedule your free family photoshoot!


Have other pictures of your family and/or student that you would like to submit for the yearbook? Drop them here in the Community Upload section of the website. The school code is yearbook2021. You can also purchase a 2020-21 yearbook on this site as well.

Student Council Applications!

Are you interested in a leadership role at school? Student Council is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Click here to apply!
Student Council 2020-2021 Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School

Progress Reports

Teachers are collecting formative and summative grades over this first quarter of remote learning. Progress reports will be printed the week of September 14th. You can check your child's grades on the Parent Portal. If you do not have access to the portal, please contact darci.watkins@ops.org in Buffett's main office.

From the Buffett Library!

Mrs. Campbell has been working with your ELA teachers to remind students to take advantage of SORA, our on-line library. Students will find both e-books and audiobooks in SORA. Many ELA students will have to complete either a reading log or a reading BINGO for their classes, which makes SORA the perfect place to go to find books while we are remote learning. SORA offers books of all genres, grade levels, and reading levels. Check it out! For directions to get in to SORA, click here.


Mrs. Campbell has also created an "ask the librarian" button on the Buffett Library page. Simply click on Mrs. Campbell's Bitmoji, a Microsoft Office Form will open, and students can fill it in and send it to Mrs. Campbell. For access to the Library Page,

click here.


Finally, if you have questions about assignments, book suggestions, or how to use SORA or any of our other library resources, Mrs. Campbell has created a Buffett Middle School Library Teams page. To find it, go to Teams and search All Teams. You will need a join code for the Library Team. Please e-mail Mrs. Campbell at victoria.campbell@ops.org for the join code.

Student Handbook and Code of Conduct

During Bobcat Den this week, students, and teachers went over the Buffett Handbook and Student Code of Conduct. The students were able to ask questions and reflect on what they learned about the Code of Conduct with their teachers. Students and parents can find the Buffett Handbook on the Buffett website and here.


An additional page was added to the Handbook this year to address remote learning. If you would like to read the information, click here.

Tips to Help Your Remote Learner!

As we navigate our way through the second week of the quarter, we hope that the students are starting to get into a routine. Here are some helpful tips to keep them engaged and focused on learning:


  • establish routines and expectations for learning at home
  • choose a good place to learn
  • check in on their progress
  • encourage them to get up and move in between blocks

Family Support Center Update

Services Available at the OPS Family Support Center

The following services will be available for families:

· 1 to 1 Technology Support

· Nutrition Services to assist with meal applications and Meals2Go

· Student and Community Services

· Counselors

· Social Workers

· Student Support Liaisons

· Bilingual Liaisons

In addition to in-person supports, we have produced several videos to help families navigate district-provided iPads. To review these resources, click here.

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